The Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument
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The best access routes to the mountain are from Interstate 5 (I-5), which runs north and south and is west of Mount St. Helens. These access routes include the Lewis River Highway, State Highway 503 at Exit 21, and the Spirit Lake Memorial Highway, State Highway 504 at Exit 49.
State Highway 503 will take to you to the town of Cougar, which is about 11 miles south-southwest of the peak and is the community nearest to the volcano in the Lewis River valley. This route also follows along mature forests little effected by the 1980 eruption.
State Highway 504 will take you past an array of visitor centers and into the heart of the blast zone.
Nearby international airports are Portland International Airport (PDX) to the south in Oregon, and Seattle-Tacoma (Seatac) International Airport (SEA) to the north in Washington.
The Amtrak passenger service the Coast Starlight runs between San Diego, California and Seattle, Washington. Nearby depot is to the west in Kelso.
The Amtrak passenger service the Cascades runs between Vancouver, British Columbia and Eugene-Springfield, Oregon. Nearby depot is to the west in Kelso.
Best selection of books on the Northwest.
Eruption: The Untold Story of Mount St. Helens by Steve Olson. Learn the history and science of one of the largest eruptions and the effects of the aftermath through personal stories and accounts of those caught in the disaster. Illustrations and maps enable a greater understanding of this tragic event. Order now...
Mount St. Helens 35th Anniversary Edition: The Eruption and Recovery of a Volcano by Rob Carson. Along with remarkable before-and-after images, this 35th-anniversary retrospective captures the human drama leading up to the eruption and two decades of subsequent scientific research of the amazing post-blast ecological recovery. Order now...
A Falcon Guide to Mount St. Helens: A Guide to Exploring the Great Outdoors by Fred Barstad. This book is a comprehensive guide to this world-renowned attraction, with a close-up look at the destruction and recovery of the area. The guide includes detailed information on the natural and cultural history of the area, recreational opportunities, and historical, geological, and natural exhibits. Order now...
In the Blast Zone: Catastrophe and Renewal on Mount St. Helens by Charles Goodrich, Kathleen Dean Moore and Frederick Swanson. This book presents a cross-pollination of literary and scientific perspectives on the mountain's history of cataclysm and renewal. Discover the gifts of beauty, scientific illumination and of hope. Order now...
Portrait of Mount St. Helens: A Changing Landscape by Chuck Williams (Author) and Stuart Warren (Contributor). View the grandeur and the intimate detail of this beloved mountain as seen by 19th-century painters and pioneers as well as contemporary photographers. Order now...
Day Hiking South Cascades (Mountaineers Book) by Dan Nelson. This compact guide features over 100 day hikes with detailed information, charts, full-colored maps and historical highlights. Discover where to camp, extended routes and difficulty ratings on each hike. Order now...
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